Radio adaptation of two little remembered J M Barrie short plays on the subject of love, loss and remembrance in time of war:
A Well-Remembered Voice - A couple have lost their son in the trenches. The young man's mother tries to speak to him through a seance, while his father simply reminisces, by himself. And yet in the process it is Mr Don , and not his wife, who is finally able to talk to their son, in a way he never could when the boy was alive.
Barbara's Wedding - The Colonel is in his dotage, and as his memory fades, past and present become intertwined. He is visited by his beloved grandson and the young man's fiance, Barbara. But are they really there? And who is it exactly that Barbara is marrying?
Both are beautifully adapted, the stories poignant but not mawkish and the cast superb, with such as Derek Jacobi, Penelope Wilton, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Julia McKenzie (who also adapted and directed), Bill Patterson, Jim Broadbent & Joseph Fiennes.
I enjoyed these so much, I listened to them twice, back to back, a rare endorsement!